One of the world’s top long haul airlines is to operate a new direct service from Dublin to Hong Kong four times per week from next June.
The new year-round service will be Dublin Airport’s first ever direct route to the Asia-Pacific region and is a major coup for the airport.
“We are thrilled to welcome Cathay Pacific to Dublin Airport and to Ireland,” said Vincent Harrison, Dublin Airport Managing Director. “Dublin Airport is competing for routes like this with other major European airports, so winning this new business is hugely positive news for Ireland, for foreign direct investment, for Irish exporters, and for inbound tourism,” he added.
“This historic new route brings direct flights from Ireland to Hong Kong for the first time and also offers excellent onward connections via Cathay Pacific’s Hong Kong hub,” he said. Dublin Airport is “continuing to add significant new airline customers and new routes, providing passengers with increased choice and convenience,” he added.
“We’re excited to offer the only direct flights between Hong Kong and Dublin, said Rupert Hogg (Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Officer).
“Dublin is a fantastic destination and attracts business and leisure travellers from the world over. We listened to our customers’ demands for more options and greater flexibility and have responded by building direct air links with this great city.”
Cathay Pacific will operate the new Dublin Hong Kong service with an Airbus A350-900 aircraft in a three class configuration. Starting on June 2, 2018, the route will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Cathay Pacific, which is part of the oneworld alliance, has flights to 197 destinations in 48 countries and territories. It operates a fleet of 144 aircraft with orders for a further 53 aircraft for delivery until 2024. Its short-haul subsidiary Cathay Dragon flies to 56 destinations in mainland China and other Asian countries.